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The empire of civilization : the evolution of an imperial idea

Author: Brett Bowden
Publisher: Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Paperback editionView all editions and formats
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The term "civilization" comes with considerable baggage, setting up a dichotomy wherein people, cultures, and histories are "civilized" - or not. This book examines how the idea of civilization has  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Brett Bowden
ISBN: 022614240X 9780226142401 0226068145 9780226068145
OCLC Number: 859446853
Notes: Originally published in hardback: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2009.
Description: xi, 303 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction : Guizot's question : universal civilization? --
Part 1. Civilization, progress, and history : universals all? --
The ideal of civilization : its origins, meanings, and implications --
Civilization and the idea of progress --
The notion of universal civilization : one end for all? --
Part 2. The art and science of empire --
The expansion of Europe and the classical standard of civilization --
The burden of civilization and the "art and science of colonization" --
Part 3. New barbarism, old civilization, revived imperialism --
New barbarism and the test of modernity --
The "new realities" of imperialism --
Conclusion : The future of intercivilizational relations.
Responsibility: Brett Bowden.

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